published Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Two charged with murder in death of Rhea County 5-year-old

Bradley Adcox and Jessica Robbins
Bradley Adcox and Jessica Robbins
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Two people were charged this morning with felony first-degree murder in the Friday death of a five-year-old Rhea County boy, according to the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.

Bradley Adcox, 22, and the boy’s mother, Jessica Robbins, 29, each also are charged with aggravated child abuse in the death of Landon Robbins, investigator Rocky Potter said at a news conference in Dayton, Tenn.

Both suspects initially had been charged with aggravated child abuse.

The child was found unresponsive at a camper home at 715 Cawood Lane in Spring City. His body has been sent to Knoxville for an autopsy.

Investigators said Jessica Robbins and Adcox gave statements to investigators that the child had been injured on Thursday by falling into a swing set.

Investigators said there was an injury consistent with that type of fall, but the child had sustained many other injuries, as well.

An arraignment for both suspects will be Friday in Rhea County General Sessions Court.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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